Monday, 28 July 2014

BFGI's Gem is out to Serve Our Country!!!

Prof. (Dr.) G.S. Mahal of BFC nominated as a member of the Research Advisory Committee of DWR, Karnal
Agriculture in India has a significant history. In 2011, India ranked second worldwide in farm output. Agriculture and allied sectors like forestry and fisheries accounted for 16.6% of the GDP in 2009, about 50% of the total workforce. The economic contribution of agriculture to India's GDP is steadily declining with the country's broad-based economic growth. Still, agriculture is demographically the  broadest economic sector and plays a significant role in the overall socio-economic fabric of India.
Everyday millions of rural populance who depend on agricultural confronts technical, economical, social, cultural & traditional obstructions to improving their livelihoods. To cope with these obstacles, the rural poor draw on indigenous knowledge & innovative through local experimentation & adaption. Indigenous knowledge alone, however, is not enough to deal with the complex problem facing the agricultural sector. Emerging issues such as high food prices, climate change & demand for biofuels require complementary knowledge from formal agricultural research & development (R&D) & support from policies & other institutions. Formal & informal knowledge and innovation must therefore be linked to accelerate sustainable agricultural development. 
Knowledge, defined as organized or processed information or data, is fundamental in the pursuit of innovation. For innovation to occur, knowledge must be created, accumulated, shared & used. Innovation- new ideas, practices or products that are successfully introduced into economic & social processes- can involve technologies, organizations, institutions, or policies. Innovation means putting ideas, knowledge & technology to work in manner that brings about a significance improvement in performance or product quality. 
It is very creditable for Baba Farid Group of Institutions that one of its faculty members, Dr. Gursharan Singh Mahal from the Department of Agriculture, Baba Farid College, Deon, a Constituent of BFGI, has been nominated as a member of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of Directorate of Wheat Research, Karnal. The Primary job of this committee is to advise Directorate of Wheat Research (DWR), Karnal, to orient future Wheat Research Program. Directorate of Wheat Research (DWR) has the responsibility of coordinating Wheat Research throughout the country. It is worth mentioning that Dr. Gursharan Singh Mahal who retired as Director Seeds, PAU, Ludhiana, has 36 years of experience in wheat breeding and has been credited with the development of a number of Wheat Varieties.
Over 50 years since its independence, India has made immense progress towards food security. Indian population has tripled, but food-grain production more than quadrupled: there has thus been substantial increase in available food-grain per capita.
Prior to the mid-1960s India relied on imports and food aid to meet domestic requirements. However, two years of severe drought in 1965 and 1966 convinced India to reform its agricultural policy, and that India could not rely on foreign aid and foreign imports for food security. India adopted significant policy reforms focused on the goal of foodgrain self-sufficiency. This ushered in India's Green Revolution. It began with the decision to adopt superior yielding, disease resistant wheat varieties in combination with better farming knowledge to improve productivity. The Indian state of Punjab led India's green revolution and earned itself the distinction of being the country's bread basket.
India's agricultural economy is undergoing structural changes. Between 1970 and 2011, the GDP share of agriculture has fallen from 43 to 16%. This isn't because of reduced importance of agriculture, or a consequence of agricultural policy. This is largely because of the rapid economic growth in services, industrial output, and non-agricultural sectors in India between 2000 to 2010.
Agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan has played a vital role in the green revolution. Last year (2013) NDTV awarded 25 living legends of India for outstanding contribution to agriculture and making India a food sovereign Country.
India will be the top most country in the coming years in terms of food production. With the professors like Dr. Mahal the quality of food will be surely raised upto the highest level. It's really an honour for BFGI and the whole country to have such an eminent agricultural expert; Mr. Mahal as a member of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of Directorate of Wheat Research with the experince of more than 36 years.

Friday, 18 July 2014

BFGI: The Revolutionary Institution

Ranked among top 9 e-governance Campuses in India

BFGI: The Revolutionary Institution
BFGI is a revolutionary institution of North India region where scholarly activity and innovations are appreciated and encouraged. BFGI is one of the biggest institutions of the region in terms of number of students on a single campus and is situated on 50+acres of green area on Deon of Bathinda. The institution has more than 10,000 students from and out of Punjab getting High class infrastructure. The institute offers more than 50 regular courses. BFGI is a residential institution with separate hostels for boys & girls with air conditioners along with comforts and other facilities. The campus offers a host of hi-tech ultra modern facilities to ensure good quality & well-planned education to its students.

Recently BFG is selected & ranked among the top 9 e-governance campuses of India. BFGI was selected among 100 institutions by National Informative Center (NIC) to become e-governance campus all over the India 11 months ago. According to the performance report of the e-governance program 2013-14, 9 institutions were ranked among the top e-governance campuses. BFGI by performing well has been categorized under 7th level which is the highest level of engagement.

BFGI is being managed by its chairman Mr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal (Bharat Jyoti Awardee), an eminent educationist who aims at providing quality education along with preparing the employable young minds to face the competitive world on all fronts. Under the supervision of Chairman, BFGI, Mr. Dhaliwal the institution is succeeding high not only in academics but also in cultural activities, sports etc. Each staff member of the institution is full of pride to be the part of drug free, copying and tuition culture free campus. The institution is making huge efforts not only for over all development of the students but also for providing them extraordinary practical exposure and engaging them in social welfare activities up to high extent as well because of which the name of BFGI is counted among the top institutions of the country.

BFGI is way ahead of its competition in academics because of the exceptional results it’s been giving from last few years. 40 students of BFGI achieved university merit positions & 211 scored above 80% in recently declared Punjabi University, Patiala whereas 26 students of B.Tech scored above 85% & 115 scored above 80% in Punjab Technical University Merit List. During 2013-2014 BFGI got more than 80 merit positions and more than 400 students have scored above 80% in their graduation and post graduation courses. For example top 4 positions in university merits were bagged by BFGI students. professional students of BFC bagged 8 merit positions out of 10. Similarly Sophia, a BCA student has been bagging 1st position in university merit continuously from last three years.

BFGI is the only institute of the region in collaboration with all 3 top & renowned IT companies named Microsoft, Oracle & SAP. The innovation center of Microsoft, center of excellence of Data 64, the first expert community center of Nokia was established here; Resource center of IIT Mumbai and Nodal center by IIT Delhi is also established inside the premises of BFGI for training the students and providing them great exposure. This group is the only institution of Punjab where Skill development center is been established wherein the technical skills of the students is been enhanced up to the greatest level.

BFGI is a unique institution where Innovative teaching methodologies is applied for students’ betterment and employability score card is used for the very 1st time in Punjab for enhancing soft skills of the students. Industrial visit, educational tours and practical exposures including working on live projects, guests lectures, seminars etc.  are organized for the students other than academic knowledge for making all the students extremely competitive in this scenario.

Apart from good academic results the institution is best known for the good quality placement opportunities given to its students. Recently 13 students have been recruited by data64 with the packages up to 10 lacs. The institution have collaborations with various corporate giants including, Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Nokia, HP, HCL etc. which train and helps the students in becoming more employable.

In the current session the group has organized four international events to provide practical and global exposure to its students which included 3 international conferences and one international festival. Seeing such kind of initiative, we can definitely say that the day is not far when BFGI will be one of the top most institutions of the country.

Friday, 11 July 2014

The Population Bomb

Population control or Race to Oblivion?

The tremendous interest generated by the Day of 5 Billion on 11 July 1987 led to the establishment of World Population Day as an annual event.  It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987 approximately the date on which the world's population reached five billion people. The world population (as of January 1, 2014; 9:24 UTC) is estimated to be 7,137,661,030. 2014 Theme: Investing in Young People. For more than 20 years, 11 July has been an occasion to mark the significance of population trends and related issues.

In 1989, in its decision 89/46, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that, in order to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues in the context of overall development plans and programmes and the need to find solutions for these issues, 11 July should be observed by the international community as World Population Day.

In 2011, the world population surpassed 7 billion, UNFPA and partners launched a campaign called 7 Billion Actions. It aims to engage people, spur commitment and spark actions related to the opportunities and challenges presented by a world of 7 billion people. As the world population edged to 7 billion people in 2011 (up from 2.5 billion in 1950), it has had profound implications for development. A world of 7 billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment.

Today’s 1.8 billion young people are shaping social and economic realities, challenging norms and values, and building the foundation of the world’s future. Yet too many young people continue to grapple with poverty, inequality and human rights violations that prevent them from reaching their personal and collective potential.

On 2014 World Population Day, we call for investments in support of the largest-ever generation of youth.  Many organizations around the world celebrate this day by arranging special campaigns and programs to educated people about global population issues. They are working closely with Government Organizations, NGO's and numerous non-profit organizations to spread the message.

World Population Day as the name suggests is an annual day observed around the world to bring awareness about Population growth and related issues. With a population of more than 7 billion as of March 2012, it's very important for people on earth to realize and act on healthier lives and importance of small families. Started in 1987, World Population Day has gained much popularity with support from organizations and masses around the world. It also focuses on challenges presented by world of 7 billion people. Reproductive Health services are one of the main targets set by UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) by 2015. So World Population Day is observed in more than 200 countries to bring awareness to people about importance of small families and living healthy lives. On this day, several programs are initiated to educate people about family planning methods.

World Population may simply refer to total number of living humans on Earth. According to latest estimates of United States Census Bureau (USCB), World Population is estimated to be 7.023 billion. World Population has witnesses a rapid growth in the last 200 years. Countries like China and India together constitutes 37% of the total world population. Also Asia with 4.2 billion people has largest population continent wise. It accounts for over 60% of the world population as compared to other continents around the world. Growth of World Population On 11 July, 2007, the 20 anniversary of World Population Day, the estimated World Population was 6,727,551,263. World Population Day or Five Billion Day is observed throughout the world in more than 200 countries.

In many ways a world of 7 billion is an achievement: Globally, people are living longer and healthier lives and couples are choosing to have fewer children. However, because so many couples are in, or will soon be entering, their reproductive years, and the world population is projected to increase for decades to come. Meeting the needs of current and future generations presents daunting challenges. Whether we can live together equitably on a healthy planet will depend on the choices and decisions we make now. In a world of 7 billion people, and counting, we need to count each other otherwise it will soon be a population bomb. Now we all have to decide whether we desire Population control or Race to stupor?

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

“BFGI” Fight against Drug abuse & Illicit Trafficking

All the dignitaries making their benign presence against drug abuse
This is more than an instant to spotlight on drug abuse and addiction. It’s a moment to connect the dots between the global flow of illicit drugs, violence that demolish communities and even nations the world over, and 21st century challenges, from illicit trafficking to elephant poaching to transnational crime and corruption. In short: Illicit trafficking doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It’s part of a web of crime that threatens our security. It’s all connected. Drug trafficking, once viewed chiefly as a social and criminal problem, has transformed in recent years into a major threat to the health and security of populace and regions.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Traffic Awareness Week bid to inculcate Traffic sense among Masses

We now have unshakable conviction that accident causes are man-made and that a man-made problem can be solved by men & women, Safety is a cheap and effective insurance policy one can ever have. Exploring the number of road accidents happening all around the world and feeling the worth to aware public about need of following traffic rules BFGI celebrated “Traffic Awareness Week” in memory of late. S. Kuldeep Singh Gill, Finance Director, BFGI.